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The Bookish Multitude: A review of D.W. Young’s “Booksellers”

Share the post "The Bookish Multitude: A review of D.W. Young’s “Booksellers”" The release of Booksellers, now available for virtual screening, coincides with a nostalgia many of us feel for those days when we could freely browse the stacks. D. W. Young’s new documentary begins in earnest: “If books disappear, history will disappear, and human beings will also disappear.” But Booksellers is about a very specific sort of human being. Its subjects are not general...

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Come and Take It

Hostilities ensued. The Anglo settlers and native Tejanos took up arms against the Santa Anna government and, in 1836, declared themselves the sovereign Republic of Texas. The Mexican army mobilized and besieged Texian troops, including those garrisoned at San Antonio’s Alamo fortress. Here fact often blurs into legend, as the litany of famous names—James Bowie, Davy Crockett, William Travis—has been appropriated as a parable of fallen valor and the stuff of Texas lore. Chief perhaps among...

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Beyond the Ruins

Share the post "Beyond the Ruins" This is the first post in our review forum of  Wendy Brown’s In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Anti-Democratic Politics in the West (Columbia University Press, 2019). With now two book-length interventions on neoliberalism and contemporary antidemocracy, Wendy Brown has become the leading social theorist diagnosing the ills of neoliberalism and, in particular, its deleterious effects on public, political, and democratic life....

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Book Forum: In the Ruins of Neoliberalism

Share the post "Book Forum: In the Ruins of Neoliberalism" When we first started Tocqueville 21 in early 2018, Wendy Brown was one of the very first people we reached out to for insights into our contemporary democratic world. Her 2015 book Undoing the Demos quickly became the definitive account of how neoliberalism has undermined much of what makes a democratic politics and society possible. When first spoke with Brown two years ago—in what remains one of our most...

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Education and Property for All: Thomas Piketty on Capital and Ideology

Share the post "Education and Property for All: Thomas Piketty on Capital and Ideology" With the publication of Capital in the Twenty-First Century in 2013, Thomas Piketty became perhaps the world’s best-known chronicler and theorist of global inequality. His latest book, Capital and Ideology, pushes the conversation on inequality a step further, examining the ideologies that justify inequality across history, and laying out a platform for what Piketty calls a...

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On Parliamentarism: A Reply to Varouxakis and Rubinelli

Share the post "On Parliamentarism: A Reply to Varouxakis and Rubinelli" William Selinger offers a response to his reviewers in our “Parliamentary Thinking” book forum.  It is a pleasure to respond to Georgios Varouxakis and Lucia Rubinelli’s commentaries on Parliamentarism: From Burke to Weber. I could not have hoped for two more careful and insightful engagements with this book. Because Varouxakis has provided an in-depth description of the book’s contents, I will...

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Is Parliamentarism Compatible with Democracy?

Share the post "Is Parliamentarism Compatible with Democracy?" This is the second review in our “Parliamentary Thinking” book forum.  Review of William Selinger, Parliamentarism: From Burke to Weber (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Historians of political thought have long interrogated the variety of meanings that nineteenth century thinkers attributed to the idea of liberty. Recent debates asking whether there is a distinctive French liberal tradition are but...

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Parliamentary Continuities

Share the post "Parliamentary Continuities" This is the first review in our “Parliamentary Thinking” book forum.  Review of William Selinger, Parliamentarism: From Burke to Weber (Cambridge University Press, 2019). William Selinger’s book is a very important work on a surprisingly neglected topic of immense significance, both historical and contemporary. Though there are countless works on “liberalism,” “liberal political thought” and the like, there is no work...

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Book Forum: Parliamentary Thinking

Share the post "Book Forum: Parliamentary Thinking" This is the launch of a joint book forum on “Parliamentary Thinking.” William Selinger, Parliamentarism: From Burke to Weber (Cambridge University Press, 2019) Gregory Conti, Parliament the Mirror of the Nation: Representation, Deliberation, and Democracy in Victorian Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2019) Introduction: Parliamentary Thinking In his Lettres sur les Anglais, Voltaire refused to liken the...

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Vers la démocratie avec James Kloppenberg

Share the post "Vers la démocratie avec James Kloppenberg" En 2016, l’historien américain James Kloppenberg a publié Toward Democracy, un livre qui, en près de 1000 pages, évoque de manière quasi-exhaustive l’évolution de la pensée démocratique des deux côtés de l’Atlantique depuis le dix-septième siècle. A l’occasion de la sortie de Toward Democracy en livre de poche, Jacob Hamburger et Matthew Jackson ont interviewé le Professeur Kloppenberg, lui-même membre du...

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